James Papp, PhD
Historian and Architectural Historian
James has served as chair of the City of San Luis Obispo’s historic preservation commission and is a member of the California Preservation Foundation’s Education Committee. After earning his doctorate from UCLA, he did a postdoc in American cultural studies at the Free University of Berlin and taught history and cultural studies at universities in Bratislava and Vienna, as well as serving as a consultant with the Open Society Foundations.
With a focus on public education, James appears frequently on television and radio to talk about cultural resources from adobes to Bubblegum Alley and writes a column for the San Luis Obispo Tribune on local urban issues. He has also worked extensively in academic, nonprofit, and government administration and oversight at the local, state, and federal level.
Curator and Designer
Eva has been executive director of the History Center of San Luis Obispo County, whose resources include the Dallidet Adobe; acting executive director of the Dana Adobe; and education manager of the Merchant’s House Museum in New York City. She has served as a member of the Steering Committee of the California Preservation Program and is a member of the City of San Luis Obispo’s historic preservation commission, previously serving on the city committee overseeing the Jack House Museum.
Eva has curated major exhibitions for Hearst Castle, the History Center, the Merchant’s House Museum, and other museums and venues. She has worked extensively in advocacy and creating consensus on cultural resources with different communities, organizations, and government entities.